The Swimming Pool: A gripping, twisty suspense from the bestselling author of Our House
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Ah, the infamous first person narrator. I’m in his head without a doubt. He’s a protagonist that's difficult to admire, but have such fun in his company regardless. Will and I could never be friends… or could we? Well, to be honest, I don’t think he’d give me the time of day. I wouldn’t be admitted past the front desk of the Corinthian Club (fondly called the Corry) anyway. Besides, that’s not Hollinghurst’s point here.
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A main pool booking does not give access to the teaching pool and confidence pool. These must be booked separately to allow us to manage capacities as the teaching pool is in high demand The Swimming Pool draws the reader into a whirlwind of gossip, envy and desperation, inviting you into the world of the wealthy - and though some characters are wealthier than others, everyone seems quite privileged to just be living in the area itself. You can tell Natalie and Ed are certainly not living on the breadline, and live a comfortable - if at times a little dull, in Natalie's opinion anyway - life. But is this enough? Many novelists do journalism to top up their earnings. Hollinghurst does the odd book review and literary essay, but he doesn't do punditry. Isn't he tempted? "No," he says, "I don't really have opinions. After The Line Of Beauty, I was always getting requests from newspapers, asking me what the election meant for Labour, that sort of thing. I said I didn't have the faintest idea what the election meant for Labour. I just happened to have written a book that had a Tory politician in it."Funding from Swim England has enabled Edinburgh Leisure’s Royal Commonwealth Pool to install ‘a Poolpod’, a submersible lift, creating inclusive swimming environments for people with long-term health conditions, disabilities, and rehabilitation needs.
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Regardless, I did thoroughly enjoy the characters, especially those of the protagonists Natalie and Lara. I liked the obvious contrast between the two women, who despite their glaring differences, strike up a friendship when they first meet.This is a chronicle of swimming adventure, and to my mind one of the finest. I cannot fathom how Cox has managed to do these swims: more than a mile in the Antarctic; the first person to swim the Straits of Magellan in Chile; the first person to swim around the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. She also did her bit to thaw relations between the US and Russia during the cold war by swimming the Bering Strait. Her tales from the sea are as extraordinary as she is.